US House of Representatives Passes Bill Renewing FISA Surveillance Program

House votes to reauthorize controversial FISA surveillance legislation

The bill now goes to the Senate.

The White House's efforts to portray Donald Trump as a fully engaged, compos mentis president hit a speed bump on Thursday. That angered Trump and the previous Republican critics of Section 702, who complained that political leaders shouldn't use official reporting to take partisan shots in the press. Section 702 may face other challenges in the Senate.

Trump initially wrote on Twitter that the surveillance program, first created in secret after the September 11, 2001, attacks and later legally authorized by Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), had been used against him but later said it was needed.

So what's wrong with that?

Elsewhere on Capitol Hill, negotiations continued on DACA, the law protecting thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S.as children, as a group of senators pushed the first bipartisan fix. It surveys - (unintelligible) people outside the United States who are not United States citizens. It also could happen if two Americans are communicating with one another and mention the name of a foreigner who is under surveillance. The law allows intelligence agencies like the NSA to collect texts and emails of foreigners overseas without a specific warrant and was due to expire next week.

Under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Americans are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures. And judges may only issue warrants when they have found probable cause to believe that the government surveillance or invasion of the target's privacy will produce evidence of criminal behavior. The "unmasking" refers to senior government officials asking an intelligence agency to reveal the names of Americans or USA entities in a piece of intelligence to better understand the information. Amash's amendment would limit how the intelligence community could collect any communications involving Americans. The ODNI also cites information gathered through 702 as helping to identify a perpetrator of a 2016 New Year's Eve attack on an Istanbul nightclub, as well as helping to expose an ISIS recruiter from Trinidad and Tobago, along with his network.

"It's well-known that he has concerns about the domestic FISA law", the speaker said. "We don't generally go to courts to ask them to give authority to search that which has already been lawfully obtained", Geltzer explained.

Two years ago, in 2016, privacy groups scored a victory when they convinced Congress to stop another NSA program exposed by Snowden, one that collected bulk metadata on USA phone call records.

What did Congress do Thursday?

The legislation, which passed 256-164 and split party lines, is the culmination of a years-long debate in Congress on the proper scope of USA intelligence collection - one fueled by the 2013 disclosures of classified surveillance secrets by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The fact that it collects incidental information about US citizens should not be a prohibition on this effort.

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"We have a debate today about whether to put the F back in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The American public deserves a full and transparent debate, and members of the Senate deserve to have the same opportunity as did members of the House to discuss and amend legislation reforming this vital surveillance tool". It requires the Federal Bureau of Investigation to get a warrant if it wants to view the contents of Americans' communications swept up in the process.

WELNA: Schiff supports the bill extending the warrantless surveillance program known as Section 702 for another six years.

The incident provided a new and striking example of the contradiction between Trump's dueling identities as an individual often guided by impulses, grievances and what he sees on television and Trump the president, responsible for taking a broader view of government and security issues.

Trump's tweets on surveillance marked the second time this week that he appeared to veer from the administration's position.

The House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Thursday to reauthorize controversial foreign spying authorities just hours after President Donald Trump sent a pair of confusing tweets on the program. In a tweet, the president quoted verbatim the Fox headline from Napolitano's appearance and suggested that the FISA law had been used to "so badly surveil and abuse the Trump Campaign".

"House votes on controversial FISA ACT today".

He said that "today's vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land".

"We need it! Get smart!" said the tweet, which was threaded to follow on from Trump's earlier message ― something the president hasn't shown a consistent ability to do.

The Senate still must vote on the bill before the program expires on January 19. Sen.

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